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Quotes from lectures of Hazrat Inayat Khan

News: A Home for the Message in the Andes.

The recent opening of the Retiro Pan-Latino in Colombia was greeted with startling news. Mureeds from Quito announced that they have acquired a property of 4,000 sq. m. on the slopes of the extinct volcano Ilaló where they plan to build a temple as an offering to the Message of Love, Harmony and Beauty.

The Sufi Message is a Message of Unity, of Spiritual Liberty, and of Love, Harmony and Beauty, destined for all humanity. Its purpose is not to draw seekers to a new path, but to awaken them to the path which they are destined to tread.

Sufi Movement, the message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, message of love, harmony and beauty.
Sufi Movement, the message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, message of love, harmony and beauty.

Truth is One; it cannot be otherwise. Therefore the Sufi finds the light and love of the Divine Spirit of Guidance hidden in all names and forms.

The message of the Sufi Movement is a call to humanity to unite in a world family beyond the boundaries of caste, creed, race, nation, or religion. The Sufi Movement has no particular creed, dogma, or doctrine. Its philosophy teaches tolerance to all, understanding above all things, thereby awakening sympathy with one another, and the realization that the well-being of each depends upon the well-being of all.

Sufism is a religion if one wants to learn religion from it; it is a philosophy if one wants to learn wisdom from it; it is mysticism if one wishes to be guided by it in the unfoldment of the soul. And yet it is beyond all these things. It is the light, it is the life which is the sustenance of every soul, and which raises a mortal being to immortality. It is the message of love, harmony, and beauty.

Sufi Movement, the message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, message of love, harmony and beauty.

The effort of the Sufi Message is to give the opportunity to those serious seekers after truth that they may come in touch with the deeper side of life. No doubt truth is never taught, truth is discovered. It is not the wonderworking, it is not the life of phenomena that is the sign of the seeker. It is in the search for truth that God is found; it is in the finding of God that truth is realized. But where is God to be found? God is to be found in the heart of man.

Friendship is a word which we all use in our everyday language, and yet it could take one's whole life only to realize its meaning. However learned a person may be, however pious, spiritual, or experienced, if he has not learned the nature and character of friendship he has not learned anything. This is the first and the last thing we have to learn. We so often use this word lightly, calling every acquaintance a friend, or professing to be somebody's friend; but the more we realize the meaning of it, the less we are able to claim friendship. For everything in life we are tested, examined, and tried, but to pass this examination of friendship is the most difficult thing in the world.